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Body Part Expressions: Head
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The Japanese word for "head" is "atama." Click here to learn the kanji character for it. There are many expressions including "atama (head)" in Japanese. Let's take a look these words, phrases and proverbs. 

Words

atamauchi
頭打ち
reach the peak
atamakazu
頭数
numbers
atamakara
頭から
 from the beginning, at all
atamakin
頭金
down payment
atamagonashi
頭ごなし
tell somebody off without hearing 
his/her side of story
atamadekkachi
頭でっかち
top-heavy
atamawari
頭割り
per head

Phrases

atama ga agaranai
頭が上がらない
to feel inferior, to lose one's nerve
atama ga itai
頭が痛い
to be worried
atama ga ippai
頭がいっぱい
to be occupied with a certain thing
atama ga katai
頭が固い
to be stubborn
atama ga kireru
頭が切れる
to be smart
atama ga sagaru
頭が下がる
to respect, to take one's hat off
atama ga hikui
頭が低い
to be modest
atama ga furui
頭が古い
old-fashioned 
atama ni ireru
あたまがにいれる
to put into one's head
atama ni kuru
頭に来る
to get mad
atama ni kobiritsuku
頭にこびりつく
not to be able to forget
atama ni chi ga noboru
頭に血が上る
to get excited
atama o kakaeru
頭をかかえる
to be worried
atama o kirikaeru
頭を切り替える
to change one's way of thinking
atama o hiyasu
頭を冷やす
to cool one's head
atama o motageru
頭をもたげる
to raise one's head

Proverbs

Atama kakushite 
shiri kakusazu
頭隠して尻隠さず
Hiding just a part of it, 
and thinking it hasn't been noticed.
Atama dekkachi 
shiri tsubomi
頭でっかち尻つぼみ
To go from the sublime to the ridiculous.
The mountains have brought forth a mouse.

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